A gay man asked Republican presidential candidate Marco RubioMarco RubioSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Senate intel panel has not seen Nunes surveillance documents: lawmakers With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder MORE on Monday why the Florida senator wanted to put him "back in the closet."
“I don’t. You can live any way you want. I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman," Rubio responded, according to the Washington Post.
Rubio defended his view that marriage is between a man and a woman. But the man, Timothy Kierstead — a New Hampshire resident who said he'd been married for a long time — refused to take that answer, saying you separate church and state.
"You want to say we don't matter," he told Rubio.
"No, I just believe marriage is between one man and one woman,” Rubio said. “I think that’s what the law should be. And if you disagree you should have the law changed by a legislature."
The man brought up the fact that the law had already been changed.
Before walking away, Rubio said he respected the man's view.
After the conversation, Kierstead called Rubio a "typical politician," and said he won't be voting for a Republican candidate because of their opinions on same-sex marriage.
"They want to put as back in the closet," he said.